May Day and Beltane – Return to Nature

German May Pole specifically calls to mind this heritage. The old teach the young about the strength of unity and the need to have customs. In our overly mechanized and increasingly sterile world, we have lost touch with the land, with the fertility engendered with springtime rituals of old, and ultimately our connection with nature itself.

You may have heard that it’s May 1st…traditionally “May Day” or Beltane, depending your region and religious background. It’s not celebrated much in the United States, but when I lived in Germany during the early 90s, there were still many festivals to enjoy.

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Maybe because Europe is more north than the USA, maybe it is that we are more separated from the growing of food and livestock in the many major cities that we live in. In the “States”, we are generally less aware of how our food is produced or the link between spring and the growing cycle. Spring is the time when the fields are beginning to show the first signs of crops peeking through the soil. It is also the time of year that in more agriculturally-aware culture that the breeding of livestock is most prevalent.

Humans in our technologically-advanced society get our food mostly from grocery stores in cans or plastic wrapped containers, far removed from any sign of growth or harvest. It would be safe to say that city kids (and a lot of their parents) have never been to a farm, having little in the way of understanding what food production looks like or even comes from. That is a pity. When we lose sight of where food really comes from, we forget that it is something that we should be grateful for in more than filling our stomachs.

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In the photo of a German May Pole, they have specifically calls to mind this heritage. The old teach the young about the strength of unity and the need to have customs. In our overly mechanized and increasingly sterile world, we have lost touch with the land, with the fertility engendered with springtime rituals of old, and ultimately our connection with nature itself. Beltane brings these all-but-forgotten traditions back into our memory, even if it’s only through arm’s length photos of what many would consider, at best, quaint. At worse, pagan with all that word’s negative connotations.

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We don’t need to change our religion, or even go back to living on the farm, to celebrate and recognize all this season celebrates as May Day. Luckily, farmer’s markets and larger selection of organic foods at our grocery stores have returned a little piece of nature back to our dinner table. Just for a moment, dance and sing around the Tree of Life, even if it’s only a photo or video that you have to gaze upon. Take time to celebrate this wondrous time of the return of life and the fertility that supports it.

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In the Hearts of Men

It is also true that we have been given free will; the ability, through thought and action, to choose how we proceed in this life on Earth. She is a living, breathing thing; this Earth we live on. She is our Mother and our responsibility. How do you treat your Mother? What responsibility to you take in her future…our home?

Immanuel Kant wrote:

We can judge the heart of a man

by his treatment of animals.

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Man has been given a marvelous thing: nature. We are its guardians, caregivers…and, all too often…its destroyers.

Free will

It is also true that we have been given free will; the ability, through thought and action, to choose how we proceed in this life on Earth. She is a living, breathing thing; this Earth we live on. She is our Mother and our responsibility. How do you treat your Mother? What responsibility to you take in her future…our home?

Animals and Men

This is especially true for the animals that we depend on and who depend on us. Unless you are a vegan, they are our food. We must be concerned with how they are raised and brought to our table, their treatment will affect us as well. On the other hand, we have domesticated animals that we call pets. From birds we keep in cages to the horses we keep in barns, but especially the cats and dogs that have become a member of the family.

These animals that we have taken out of their natural environment and brought into our homes. Fido and Fluffy should be treated with the utmost respect, kindness and love. All too often, we see stories of abuse and abandonment. This is a reflection of the heart of their owner. For, as an abuser can do this to an innocent animal, so can it be done to anyone.

Have a Heart

There is a current admonition, “If you see something, say something.”

This applies not only to strange or suspicious behavior in public, but also to those things you may see or be aware of through personal contact. We are each others’ keepers. That goes not only for humans, but for animals…as well as nature.

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Freedom…at the Beginning

In this year of elections, remember that over the last 240 years and counting, We the People of these United States must remain united in every sense of those words…regardless of what the Framers had meant by citizen in their time. They wrote a document that was designed to be embraced by all of its citizens, as an enduring message of hope, peace and tranquility for us to carry forth into all the generations to come.

The Beginning of these United States: A Preamble

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. [source: WikiSource/US Congress,1]

Who We Are

The “We” that the Constitution begins with seems to be “self-evident”, but is it? When the Framers wrote those words, they may have had a very specific idea of who WE are…who they meant by invoking that particular pronoun.

From a simplified explanation…all citizens of the US…to make everything in our country as perfect as possible begin fairness for all, promise that everything in our country will be peaceful, give protection to everyone, care for those in need, make sure freedom and fairness continues for ourselves and all our children and their children and their children and every generation to come, approve of and begin the Constitution of the US.

US Citizen at the Time of the Framing

At the time of the Constitution’s Framing, very few people living and working in the US were actually citizens.

Which ‘We the People’? The women were not included.”[6] Neither were white males who did not own property, American Indians, or African Americans—slave or free. Yet, one by one, these groups were eventually brought within the Constitution’s definition of “We the People” through civic movements dedicated to that purpose. [Source: Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, 2]

Not women, not slaves, not Joe-non-property-owning-public, nor anyone of color. How many people were the “we” that this statement included as of the first Census of 1790 (9 years after its signing)? [Source: Census Bureau, 3]

Residents: 3,929,214 — which included responses to just six (6) questions, the name of the principle householder being the first, here are the other five:

  1. Free White males of 16 years and upward (to assess the country’s industrial and military potential)
  2. Free White males under 16 years
  3. Free White females
  4. All other free persons
  5. Slaves

So, only a portion of the first category, those “free White males” over the age of 16 could be considered as citizens; this number is just over 800 thousand, only a portion of whom would have been LAND owners. Even if they owned their home, they may not have owned the land it was on. Since this census did not capture whether or not these males owned land, let’s use the whole number to find the percentage of potential “US Citizens”…that is less that 5%…and that’s being generous.

Something less than 5% of the residents of the US would’ve been considered eligible to vote or citizens. This is not to say that the Framers were unsympathetic of the rest of those residents, certainly they did. They were, however, specifically identifying a very small percentage of the general population when writing these words.

Patriots and Patriarchy

The intent of the Constitution was to set forth a foundation of what was important to these few Citizens, at the time, as it still is today.  It is no coincidence that patriot and patriarchy have the same root word, loosely referring to father and the implication of the protection a father brings to his family and land.

This country truly has Founding Fathers. Those fathers created a masterful set of documents that, together, have set the tone for the last 220 years.  But, do you really think that we still should mean what those “fathers” originally meant by “we”? Probably not.

Today’s Citizen

In this year of elections, remember that over the last 240 years and counting, We the People of these United States must remain united in every sense of those words…regardless of what the Framers had meant by citizen in their time. They wrote a document that was designed to be embraced by all of its citizens, as an enduring message of hope, peace and tranquility for us to carry forth into all the generations to come.

That is the beginning of…and everlasting wish for…freedom.

NOTE: Source URLs:

  1. https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Constitution_of_the_United_States_of_America
  2. http://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/government-and-civics/essays/why-we-people-citizens-agents-constitutional-change
  3. https://www.census.gov/history/www/through_the_decades/fast_facts/1790_fast_facts.html

 

Of Hope and Action

Early writing, circa 1995, not originally titled

(found in a box of old papers and photos, 8/20/2015)

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Imagine an one-lush green world falling in around its inhabitants, an ecological payback on a grand scale, if you will. Some say that we have already lost the race, that we have raped the land and it cannot be undone. For those of us that believe that the future is something which must be planned for regardless of the present, no matter how apparently bleak and unyielding a picture has been painted, there is hope.

There must always be hope.

Without hope, we might as well crawl under rock and wait to die. The first step the only step, is to develop a long-range plan which encourages big business as well as the individual to do his or her part in following through with a master plan. Given the chance to make a difference, people will make the effort But the vision, the plan, is up to all to contribute to and implement as we are able.

Action is always better than inaction.

Better that we try something now, then wit until all the pieces fall into place and everything is know. As long as we are alive, we will never know everything. It is the delay of action that will invariably spell disaster.

Let’s find a way–and do it!

Announcing: Lost & Found Book website

New Website for my book is now available!

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From the back:
In the process of creating ourselves, we get lost. Lost not only in the confusion that fills this modern, busy world in which we work, live, and love, but also lost as to how to make sense of it all. How can you find yourself when you don’t even know what you’re looking for? The answer is right under our very noses, in fact, it is hidden within each of us, hidden in plain sight, yet hidden just the same.

This book will take you through a personal journey of discovery, from awakening to your inner connection to finally becoming clear about who you really are and why you’ve awakened to find yourself here, at this time and place. Along the way, prepare yourself for some surprises, soul searching and adjustments to a knowingness that arises from deep within to emerge into the light that only you can see. Like choosing the red pill, there is no turning back once the choice has been made; you may choose to fall back asleep, but you can never return to the place that you first began.

This is a process of unification, of soul, mind, body and spirit. You are about to discover for yourself what truth means to you, and you alone. For while we venture down this road together, each journey is as unique as you are. You were put here to be uniquely, perfectly you.

What has been lost will be found—and it’s you!

via lostnfoundbook.

Revisiting Elena Undone

It’s funny that you can never predict which posts will garner the most hits…for one reason or another, that turns out to be “Love Wisdom from Elena Undone“.

It was a “little” film with an unconventional perspective on learning that one is really gay, or at least bisexual…and about love in general. One of those words of wisdom was about how unpredictable love can be…and how that love can come in very surprising packages.

I’d love to hear from my readers on whether you watched the actual movie (available streaming on Netflix) and if you did, what you thought of its underlying message about love.

On a personal note, I started out July doing so well…publishing new blogs or at least reblogging when I was lazy. Then I realized that I haven’t done either in over a week! I should add that I’ve started back to work and getting back into that grove has been interesting.

Promise: More blogs in August…personal truths and sharing! Thanks for “listening” to my raves and rants!